Dennis Ritchie

1941 - 2011

Dennis Ritchie

Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie (September 9, 1941 – c. October 12, 2011) was an American computer scientist. He created the C programming language and, with long-time colleague Ken Thompson, the Unix operating system and B programming language. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Dennis Ritchie has received more than 2,096,720 page views. His biography is available in 78 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 5th most popular computer scientist.

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Among computer scientists, Dennis Ritchie ranks 5 out of 187Before him are Alan Turing, Grace Hopper, Tim Berners-Lee, and Richard Stallman. After him are Donald Knuth, Edsger W. Dijkstra, Lotfi A. Zadeh, Niklaus Wirth, John McCarthy, Linus Torvalds, and Marvin Minsky.

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Among people born in 1941, Dennis Ritchie ranks 27Before him are Jon Lord, Václav Klaus, Franco Nero, Julia Kristeva, Bernie Sanders, and Paul Anka. After him are Bobby Moore, Faye Dunaway, Vivienne Westwood, Ritchie Valens, Fausto Cercignani, and Gheorghe Zamfir. Among people deceased in 2011, Dennis Ritchie ranks 20Before him are Ramiz Alia, Ágota Kristóf, Simon van der Meer, Willard Boyle, Joe Frazier, and Annie Girardot. After him are Necmettin Erbakan, Gary Moore, Burhanuddin Rabbani, Flórián Albert, Rudolf Mössbauer, and John Barry.

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Among people born in United States, Dennis Ritchie ranks 499 out of 12,171Before him are George A. Romero (1940), Sean Penn (1960), George Peppard (1928), Benny Goodman (1909), Burt Reynolds (1936), and Donald A. Glaser (1926). After him are Joan Crawford (1904), Jessica Lange (1949), Theodore William Richards (1868), Oprah Winfrey (1954), Leon Cooper (1930), and Jennifer Aniston (1969).


Among computer scientists born in United States, Dennis Ritchie ranks 3Before him are Grace Hopper (1906) and Richard Stallman (1953). After him are Donald Knuth (1938), John McCarthy (1927), Marvin Minsky (1927), Ray Kurzweil (1948), Andrew S. Tanenbaum (1944), Ken Thompson (1943), Vint Cerf (1943), Alan Kay (1940), and George Dantzig (1914).

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